A yearly thanksgiving is due to God on account of that day when we recovered the Church of God, with the demonstration of the dogmas of true religion and the overthrowing of the blasphemies of wickedness.
Following prophetic sayings, yielding to apostolic exhortations, and standing on the foundation of the accounts in the Gospels, we make festival on this day of dedication. For Isaias says that the islands will be dedicated to God, meaning, [by the islands,] the churches from the nations and, by churches, not splendid church buildings, but the fullness of those who perform acts of reverence in them and worship the divine with hymns and praises. The Apostle recommends the same thing, when he commands us to walk in newness of life, and—by saying that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation —to be renewed.
In the Diocese of Austria-Switzerland on Sunday of Orthodoxy the remembrance of the victory of the Holy Church over iconoclasm was celebrated. His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, the Administrator of the Diocese of Austria and Switzerland, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Vienna’s church of the Resurrection of Christ in the presence of concelebrating priests and pious people.
At the Patriarchal chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade, with the blessing and in the presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana celebrated yesterday, on the feast day of the Annunciation to the Most Holy Mother of God according to the Gregorian calendar, the thanksgiving service on the occasion of the Greek national holiday – Liberation day from the Turkish yoke and the remembrance of the liberation uprisings from 1821. Presbyters Panayotis Karatasios, Dimitrios Kasapis and Vladimir Vranic concelebrated to the Bishop.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch talked with Mr. Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Internal Affairs, and Mr. Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman of the Forbes Publishing company on 24 March 2013, at the parish house of the church of Saint Sava on Vracar.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated yesterday, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Divine Liturgy in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar, as well as the memorial service for the suffered in the 1999 NATO bombing.